It was quite a season opener for the Masuk and Notre Dame co-op girls' hockey teams which needed overtime to determine a winner at The Rinks at Shelton on December 13.
After going without a win last year, the Masuk squad took care of business in game one, making Friday the 13th a lucky night by pulling out a 4-3 victory.
Catie Gregory scored her second goal, unassisted, to win it 2:46 into the eight-minute OT period.
"It feels great. The girls worked really hard. Just to get the monkey off our back, to get a win in the first game is nice," Masuk Coach Andy Townsend said.
Both teams overcame some early-season obstacles. Masuk was without several players but the team's depth showed.
"They definitely stepped up and played a very good game," Townsend said of his lineup.
Notre Dame sophomore goaltender Katharine Harrison filled in admirably for junior netminder Bethany Karp, sidelined with an injury. The Lancers fell behind 3-0 but rallied with three shorthanded net-finders, including a pair just 25 seconds apart in the third period.
"I'm very proud of them for battling back," Notre Dame Coach Kerri Rowland said.
This game featured representation from several schools in and out of the SWC. Masuk's team also includes players from SWC schools Newtown and Joel Barlow, along with nonconference teams Lauralton Hall and Shelton. The Notre Dame squad has rostered players from SWC school Pomperaug and SCC Milford-based schools Foran and Law.
Masuk took a 3-0 lead after one period of play. Mackenzie Ciambra, Gregory and Mia Paltauf scored in the opening stanza, and Aynsley Lane, Maya Komorowski and Caroline Raymond had assists.
The Lancers got to with 3-1 in the middle stanza as Rose Linkasamy scored unassisted. Early in the third, Leigha Howland, assisted by Mckenzie Broderick, lit the lamp and Broderick, set up by Jenna Johnson, tied it.
Masuk goaltender Eva Smith made some big saves to keep things tied as the Lancers carried their momentum into the late stages of regulation.